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How to Make a Solar Still

DIY Tutorial
Monday, October 26, 2015, 2:12 PM

Learn to make your own distilled water and other liquids using these DIY solar still plans. A great weekend project to build resiliency and have more water security.

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CC BY 3.0 Alison Christine

19 Fall Garden Ideas

Projects and tips to extend your harvest
Friday, October 16, 2015, 5:46 PM

Some great ideas and projects (links to more detailed articles) for your Fall garden and to help your summer bounty last a bit longer into the colder months.

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Phil Williams

How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs

DIY fungi gardens
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 5:29 PM

Over the past six years, I’ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I’ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn’t thought of the benefits of including mushrooms as a regular part of my diet. Mushrooms are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. On the negative side, fresh and dried mushrooms, like Shitakes are expensive. We as gardeners can get around that by growing our own. » Read more

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Rope Making 101

DYI tutorial for creating your own rope.
Monday, June 29, 2015, 9:03 AM

Knowing how to make rope is a great skill to have in an emergency. You might be able to find weaker materials like twine, string, yarn, plant fibers or even plastic bags but they won’t be able to hold anything strong until they are bound together as rope.

Making rope is a great skill to know and very easy to do. Below, we’ve listed some instructions on how you can make a simple rope design. Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to make a rope and many materials you can use.

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Dinner Fork Door Lock

Simple DIY lock with silverware
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:13 PM

An informative video showing how you can create a simple but effective door lock using a dinner fork.   A handy backup for when the zombies come knocking at your door. » Read more

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Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items

DIY food preservation
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:59 PM

Dehydrating your own fruits and vegetables is fun, easy and makes a great nutritious food storage snack your whole family will love. » Read more

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Phil Williams

How to Make a Chicken Waterer

In 5 Minutes for $15
Monday, May 18, 2015, 5:31 PM

I use overhead chicken waterers that my chickens cannot foul. I am going to describe how to build your own in less than five minutes for between $13-$16. These waterers work great to deliver clean water to your flock. A 2 gallon waterer will last about a week for six chickens. I use (2) for my flock of twelve. The plastic bucket will last longer if kept in the shade. In the winter you may have to switch out the buckets when frozen, and when really cold, you will need a heated water bucket. » Read more

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8 Outstanding Gardening Hacks

Tips that can double, triple & even quadruple crop yield
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:52 PM

Some great ideas and different ways to help produce more food in the garden this growing season.

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Smoking Meat

Methods and tips for success
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:59 PM

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender.

Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: » Read more

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Infographic by Mike Bonds

DIY Pest Control

A gardening infographic
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:12 AM

A clean and wonderfully designed infographic explaining a number of organic pest control options for your garden.